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A Music Video Exploring The Culture And Community Of Mumbai: 'This City'

A Music Video Exploring The Culture And Community Of Mumbai: 'This City' Dec 31st, 2012 at 3:00PM: Made popular by the cinematic hit "Slumdog Millionaire," there's a certain romanticism with the Indian city Mumbai. We're drawn in by the color, culture and music. With over 12 million inhabitants, Mumbai is the most populous city in India. The slums of the city are a backdrop to the hectic daily life that's indicative of a large Indian city. With its infrastructure and inhabitants, it's...

New budget travel magazine debuts: Off Track Planet moves into print

New budget travel magazine debuts: Off Track Planet moves into print Jan 4th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Off Track Planet, a Brooklyn-based online budget travel publication, takes its f-bomb dropping idiom into print today with the debut of an eponymous magazine. Off Track Planet, for the uninitiated, is geared toward the 18-30 set and is particularly focused on undergraduates. Accordingly, the publication directs its attention to several subjects of primary interest to college kids; among...

Photo of the day - Traveler vs tourist

Photo of the day - Traveler vs tourist Aug 11th, 2011 at 6:00PM: Ah, the good old tourist vs. traveler debate. Every travel blog has inevitably touched on this non-issue of which is more "authentic" or "real." Can't we all just get along? Whether you hit the road to check the big tourist attractions off your list or do as the locals do, you're traveling and you're not really local, so who cares which way is better? This photo from Mumbai by Flickr user...

New site helps you plan day trips from Mumbai

New site helps you plan day trips from Mumbai Aug 5th, 2011 at 2:00PM: As someone who lived in Mumbai for two years, I can tell you there were numerous weekends when I just wanted to get away from the blaring car horns, insane traffic, and "go go go" mentality of India's most populous city. I relied on guidebooks and word-of-mouth to find out about nearby hill stations, such as Matheran (pictured at right), and beach-side resorts that were suitable for a day trip or...

Top ten most crowded islands in the world

Top ten most crowded islands in the world Jul 7th, 2011 at 12:30PM: From an island microslum in Colombia to a haute enclave in central Paris, the ten most crowded islands in the world bear scant similarities in class or culture. In fact, every entry in the top ten comes from a different country. But being islands, each shares the common thread of scarcity - whether it be land, resources, or housing. In general, these islands are prophetical microcosms for an...

Luxury hotels in U.K., U.S. warned of 'Mumbai-style' terror threat

Luxury hotels in U.K., U.S. warned of 'Mumbai-style' terror threat Jun 17th, 2011 at 11:30AM: Authorities are warning luxury hotels to be on the watch after new intelligence obtained reveals that Al Qaeda was planning a "Mumbai-style" attack on luxury hotels, specifically The Ritz-Carlton, in London. The information was obtained after authorities found materials at a checkpoint in Mogadishu where Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the Al Qaeda operative who masterminded the 1998 U.S. embassy...

Mumbai golf - DIY golfing in the slums of India

Apr 14th, 2011 at 10:00AM: ESPN produced this short documentary on golfing in Mumbai that is 1 part informative and 3 parts awesome. The story frames the dichotomous nature of Old Bombay by contrasting the two very different types of golf played in the city. One type is played at prestigious clubs for the elite like the Bombay Presidency Golf Club, and the other is played in the slums with DIY clubs and narrow...

Video of the Day: Laughter Yoga

Feb 13th, 2011 at 6:00PM: Fitness is practiced differently wherever you head in the world, whether it's thousands running the New York City marathon, groups practicing Tai Chi in Hong Kong or in India, laughing yourself into shape with a hilarious technique called Laughter Yoga. According to technique's founder, Dr. Kadan Mataria of Mumbai, laughter is extremely good for health, encouraging deep breathing that is...

Kindle tips for travelers

Kindle tips for travelers Jul 12th, 2010 at 3:30PM: The iPad may be the current darling of techie travelers but some of us are waiting for the first generation kinks to be worked out and a decrease in price (or a sudden cash windfall) before taking the plunge. While still a "monotasker" compared to a tablet or laptop computer, Amazon's Kindle is still a great tool to carry books on the road with a lightweight design and almost limitless capacity...

The Oberoi Mumbai reopens tomorrow

The Oberoi Mumbai reopens tomorrow Apr 23rd, 2010 at 3:00PM: Luxury digs are coming back to Mumbai. The Oberoi is set to reopen tomorrow, following a substantial renovation and restoration. The atrium lobby stretches 14 storeys high, features white Thassos marble and serves as the gateway to 287 guestrooms and suites. Ziya is the hotel's new Indian specialty restaurant and offers the creations of Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia. Other dining options...

20 great destinations for shopping

20 great destinations for shopping Apr 2nd, 2010 at 3:00PM: Shoppers of all kinds will fall in love with the places that made this list of the top 20 cities for shopping. Whether you live nearby or are planning a trip, this list offers places ideal for anyone in need of some retail therapy. New Orleans, Louisiana The French Quarter and Bourbon Street are only the starting point in the unique shopping destinations you'll find in New Orleans. Stroll...

Cycle across India in 2011

Cycle across India in 2011 Feb 8th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Looking for a new kind of travel experience? One that combines cultural immersion with physical challenge across a beautiful and mysterious landscape? Then perhaps Tour d'Afrique, the Toronto based company that specializes in adventure cycling tours, has just the thing for you. As part of their DreamTours program, the company has organized a 46 day ride across India that is set to get underway in...

Diners in India may face a fine for not clearing their plates

Diners in India may face a fine for not clearing their plates Dec 11th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Ever get to a restaurant, realize that you're starving and everything sounds delicious, proceed to order way too much food and then realize when it arrives that there is no way on Earth you can eat it all? While in addition to being wasteful, this kind of behavior can now earn you a fine in India. According to the Independent, diners caught wasting food in Mumbai will be charged an extra 5...

Asian airline puzzled by mysterious mid-air toilet clogs

Asian airline puzzled by mysterious mid-air toilet clogs Nov 25th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Any time you put 300 people in a metal tube, the strain on the in-flight toilet system is going to be immense - but Hong Kong based airline Cathay Pacific is having more than just a bit of trouble. The airline is actually dealing with a huge mystery. Their toilets are so unreliable that a Hong Kong bound flight had to make an unscheduled landing in Mumbai, India when all ten of the bathrooms...

New luxury trains coming to India

New luxury trains coming to India Oct 29th, 2009 at 3:00PM: It just goes to show that luxury travel may be as enduring as the Taj Mahal. Even in this economy, not one but two luxury trains are debuting in India in the next few months. The Indian Maharaja-Deccan Odyssey, the first privately-operated luxury tourist train in India, will launch on November 18. Its seven-night, eight-day itinerary includes...

British Airways computer glitch posts super low cost flights to India

British Airways computer glitch posts super low cost flights to India Oct 5th, 2009 at 4:00PM: Late Friday night, an alert went out on Twitter. Fares to Mumbai, India, from locations all over the US were being offered at rock bottom prices on British Airways. Flights from Chicago to Mumbai were just $550 per person. I quickly logged on to Orbitz, selected my dates, and clicked purchase. I received an email from Orbitz confirming my purchase and then got to work planning the trip. My...

Oscar nominees for best movies that capture place: Six nominees

Oscar nominees for best movies that capture place: Six nominees Feb 22nd, 2009 at 11:30AM: Each year I see all the movies nominated for Oscars in all the major categories--plus more. As I watch movies, where they are filmed and how the place influences the story interests me. Perhaps this is because when one travels, the places one travels influences the experience. There's not an Oscar for movies that best capture a sense of place, but if there were, here are my suggestions for movies...

Airline passenger swears, throws water, makes threats and hits an elderly man with a fork

Airline passenger swears, throws water, makes threats and hits an elderly man with a fork Jan 31st, 2009 at 5:30PM: In a truth is stranger than fiction tale, picture this: You're sitting minding your own business on a Jet Airways flight from London to Mumbai, India. The engines are humming. Perhaps, the "fasten your seat belt" light has gone off. Luggage is stored and you're settled in. All seems normal. But WAIT! The young guy in his mid-twenties who is sitting near you starts verbally abusing you and anyone...

Expect to wait, but not in Japan or Korea

Expect to wait, but not in Japan or Korea Jan 19th, 2009 at 3:00PM: The worst airport delays in the world, of course, are those that affect you. If I'm stranded at LaGuardia's Marine Air terminal for a short hop to Boston, I really don't care what's going on over at JFK, O'Hare or anywhere else. However, some airports are more likely to inspire your anger than others, so it's a pretty good idea to know which are the worst. If you are headed to India or Europe, it...

Indian pilot forgets to load enough fuel for his flight

Indian pilot forgets to load enough fuel for his flight Jan 7th, 2009 at 4:30PM: Let me open by saying that the details of the incident I'm about to write about are sketchy at best. The report comes from an Indian news site, and appears to be translated quite poorly, it's still interesting enough to write about, but I highly recommend reading the source article for a real chuckle. Apparently, the captain of Kingfisher flight IT335 was preparing for his Mumbai to Delhi flight,...

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